Warm Weather Driving HazardsMay 8, 2018
The spring season is in full swing, which means that everything is coming back to life. The temperatures are rising and more people are out and about enjoying the warmer weather. Unfortunately, it also means a rise in car accidents. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Road Weather Management Program, over half of all car accidents occur during the spring and summer months, and fatal car accidents peak between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Many of these accidents can be avoided if motorists follow the rules of the road and avoid some of the potential hazards that occur during the warmer months.
Cool Tips for Warm Weather Driving
Most people would assume that car accidents are more common in the winter months because of snow, ice, and freezing rain. However, there are several seasonal hazards that occur in the spring months that can cause serious car accidents, including the following:
- More pedestrians and cyclists. As the temperatures rise and the days become longer, more people are outside, enjoying the mild weather. People are more likely to walk or ride their bike, which means more people are in bike lanes, crosswalks, and on sidewalks and curbs. Motorists must pay close attention to pedestrians and bicyclists to avoid serious accidents.
- Overgrown foliage. When trees, bushes, and other seasonal foliage make it difficult to see around corners, it can be challenging to see oncoming traffic, or pedestrians crossing the street. In addition, other cars may not see you until it is too late.
- Increased traffic. As spring turns into summer, this is the time when most people plan vacations, so there are significantly more people on the roads. In addition to the higher volume of travelers, motorists are more likely to drive aggressively if they are in a rush to get to their destination.
- Road rage. Motorists can become impatient or enraged for several reasons but taking it out on other drivers is extremely dangerous. Avoid other drivers who are speeding, tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, or who are making offensive gestures towards you or another motorist.
- Sun glare. The sun shines brighter and longer during the spring and summer months, which can cause intense sun glare, making it difficult to see. In certain cases, the glare can be so bright that it can be blinding. Sunglasses help decrease the amount of sun glare, but they can also affect visibility in other ways, including decreased peripheral vision and increasing your blind spots.
- Increased drowsiness. Spending the day outside in the warm sun can make you extremely drowsy. Too often, people get behind the wheel of a car when they are feeling fatigued, which can have the same effects as drunk driving.
- Weather hazards. April showers bring slippery roads and decreased visibility. However, people do not use the same degree of caution when it rains as they do for winter weather hazards like snow and ice.
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If you have been seriously injured in a car wreck during the spring or summer months, the Baltimore car wreck lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton are on your side. We will examine the details of your case and determine who is responsible for causing the accident. Our experienced team will secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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